Laser eye surgery is one of the quickest surgeries you could possibly be waiting for, but as with any surgery, your body and, specifically, the eye which will be treated needs time to recover properly to ensure success. With this in mind, here are the main do’s and don’ts to follow after laser eye surgery.
Don’t Think You Know Best!
Regardless of whether you have been advised to opt for LASIK surgery or else Trans PRK Brisbane surgery, you can rest assured that your surgeon, nurses, and even the reception team will be more than willing to answer any questions you have. You will be given physical information in the form of leaflets and links to relevant websites to find out more details and will be told verbally what you need to do to take care of your eyes. Make sure you listen to all advice and practice everything they instruct you to do because if you neglect to listen, you could cause the results of the laser eye surgery to be less than impressive once your eye heals.
Don’ts for Preparing for the Surgery
Your eye clinic will send you said detailed information in plenty of time, ahead of the day of your procedure, but it is also helpful for you to know some key don’ts relating to preparing yourself for the procedure.
Such don’ts include, amongst others, the following:
- Don’t drive yourself to the appointment. Instead, ask a trusted family member to take you to the clinic
- Don’t wear any make-up on the day of the procedure
- Don’t use any eye drops, prescribed or otherwise, for a few days and on the day of your surgery
- Don’t wear your contact lenses for at least a week before and including the day you are booked in for laser eye surgery
Do Take Care Of Your Eyes After
Once you have undergone laser eye surgery, whether or not you have already undergone the procedure on the other eye in the past, you must take good care of your eye, the area around the eye, and frankly, your entire body.
Don’t Wash Your Face
Do not wash your face, your hair, or anywhere on your body on the day of the procedure. Naturally, everyone is different and as such, your eye doctor or nurses at the clinic will give you specific instructions on how long you have to wait before you can go back to showering and bathing.
Do Rest Up
After surgery, you should get home, get cozy on the couch and enjoy being catered to hand and foot by your nearest and dearest. Although you may love to exercise or want to engage in activities such as vacuuming or mowing the lawn, you should rest up as much as you possibly can for at least a few days after your surgery. If you have to do chores around the house because of living alone, take regular breaks or see if you can get a friend or family member to stay with you for a few days following the surgery.
You should not be driving straight after your procedure and not even thinking about driving until you are entirely confident that you are completely healed, in terms of how you feel and your vision has completely returned. Typically, most people can return to driving within 24 hours, but your doctors will advise you on what you can do. You must listen to their advice.